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Green NonToxic Mosquito Repellent Alternatives

Updated on August 27, 2012

From Toxic to Non-Toxic

Traditional mosquito and bug repellents today contain deet; a toxic chemical substance. Although Deet is very good at keeping bugs away, its also very bad for us humans. Deet is a chemical compound that was contained in the chemical weapon Agent Orange that caused health problems for so many Vietnam Veterans over the years. Most people buy deet laced bug spray at the store simply because it is there and they do not think about the toxicity ramifications. So the first move you need to make is to eliminate any toxic mosquito repellents from your home.

The great news is there are so many non-toxic mosquito repellents that keep the bugs a way and are healthier to your skin, that you do not have to sacrifice effectiveness in the name of health.

Non Toxic and Green Mosquito Repellents

There are a number of different types of green mosquito repellents on the market today that are also non toxic. They use the following substances to repel mosquitoes; citronella, lemon eucalyptus oil, and Cactus juice. A variety of mosquito repellent products use blends of these substances to create a repellent. All of them work effectively.

Some people prefer the scent of some over others so its valuable to experiment and routinely use the one you find least offensive smelling. The recent development of wristband type mosquito repellents like the one featured here is very attractive to me because I hate putting substances on my skin. A simple wrist band while in the wild for prolonged periods of time can effectively keep you bug free and happy.

Mosquito and Bug Repellent for Different Situations

Some repellents are liquid that you rub on your skin. Some are wristbands you wear on your arm. Others are candles that you burn while in an outdoor setting to keep the bugs away. When you are in a stationary location like at a campground, you may also use some of the electronic bug zapper systems that are available for sale. These systems use electricity to fry the bug when it gets to close to the light in the electronic system.

Any and all of these types of repellents work, are non-toxic and green. They all do the job. The great news is that with variety comes options. There is no reason to use toxic substances to keep the bugs and mosquitoes away. There are simply too many great non-toxic options available. No excuses. Toss your toxic bug sprays and go find some non toxic ones today.


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    • greenhealthguru profile image

      greenhealthguru 5 years ago

      well mosquitoes have always found me undesirable because I grew up in the tropics. But there was a year when I was living outside the whole year and I went through a period of time where I was eating a raw clove of garlic 3 times a day (I was trying to get the garlic to ooze out my pores) to drive the bugs away and I never found it to work all that great...and I made the mistake of eating a clove on an empty stomach and spending the next ten minutes trying not to throw up. You have to eat an awful lot of garlic or onions for it to be successful and then people you love probably will be repelled by you too. grin.

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      pollobowl 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Good topic! Especially with all of the coverage about this latest outbreak of west nile! You might want to include the fact that eating raw onions (and also garlic I believe) can make you less desirable for mosquitoes.